John Dyer in this interesting Boston Globe article explains how 3D laser scanning is gaining traction in a number of historic preservation projects in and around Boston thanks to the pioneering efforts of Feldman Land Surveyors.
About 5 years ago the firm embarked on a pro bono campaign to render 3-D images of historic sites such as the Paul Revere House in the North End, the Clapp Family Barn in Dorchester, and the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill. The initial idea was simply to create nifty images, but instead it has led to commissioned work.
“When you combine technology and history, people get excited,” said Michael Feldman, the firm’s president. “We have so many historic buildings in Boston. We should be recording them.”
There is a valuable lesson here.